Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Comparative Effectiveness Research

The area of comparative effectiveness research deals with informing health-care decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits, and risks of different treatment options. The research methods include systematic reviews of evidence or generation of new evidence of effectiveness by way of clinical studies. Specific areas of study include locomotor studies in individuals post stoke and spinal cord injury, the use of electrical stimulation following central nervous system injury, clinical trials in children with spinal muscular atrophy, and studies assessing the efficiency of physical therapy treatments in individuals with hip and knee osteoarthritis.